American InterContinental University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (146)
I graduated from AIU online in 2007 with a Master's in Information Technology. I recommend AIU for three reasons: the academic advisors are helpful throughout your academic program, the curriculum is geared towards working professionals, and it is worth the personal investment. The academic advisor helped guide me by checking in on me throughout my courses to see how things were progressing. I used my advisor to mediate for me when I needed more time with projects. This was helpful especially when I had business trips that overlapped with my job schedule making meeting deadlines tight. The program is wonderful if you already in a professional environment and seeking the degree for a promotion or just in general to improve prospects. The program teaches you time management skills but as previously stated, advisors are willing to work with you if you fall behind. In addition, the papers submitted are scored for similarity with papers from top universities to avoid plagiarism. Primarily, I wanted to obtain this degree for personal reasons to prove to myself and to my peers that I had the integrity, determination, and wherewithal to complete what I started. The only thing I wished I had done differently was cash flowed the student loan payments.
A school is only as good as its graduates. So, before posting any comments, be sure to brush up on your grammar and punctuation. I often wonder how many of you were able to graduate with you level of English... Anyway, I am currently enrolled and hope to graduate next year. At first, I thought it was going to be "a piece of cake", until I got a F. I had to seriously reevaluate my approach. Things are much better now and I am doing the level of graduate work I am capable of. In the process, my knowledge base has grown immensely! Let's face it, the standard of education is falling in so many colleges and universities. This is due, in part, to the level of preparation in high school. I read a comment earlier where someone stated; "there are no tests". Guess what, graduate work involve tons of research and miles of writing.
I have to admit after reading all these negative reviews it appears many people are just pissed off because they realized the school wasn’t easy. This is not for the faint of heart, you will work and you will be doing a ton of reading and research. I have found a handful of current students dropping or only doing one class at a time after realizing just how tough it is. Trust me when I say I earned my current 3.95 GPA and this did not come easy. This was all about working ahead both in group and on my own. I always worked ahead and didn’t wait until the last minute to hand in my assignments. I will be complete with my Masters in information technology on November 10th and I’m very excited about my accomplishments. Java was a really tough class, along with object orientated programming and that’s not even the icing on the cake. I had to hire a tutor at one point, its all about how you apply yourself and how dedicated a person is to get the best out of any college. People I say stop crying because you didn’t do your research on how much AIU is and about not getting your degree, that is no one’s fault but your own. I don’t care what college you go to, AIU, University Of Phoenix, CTU, Yale, you will have to put in many hours of work and money into it any way you slice it. And my degree is also helping me get the nice raise that I deserve! So to all the haters grow up and stop blaming your laziness on the college, take a big look at yourself and what you could have done before committing.
This is my review of AIU. I began AIU in 2009 and just finished my BBA with a concentration in human resource management. Next month I begin my MBA as well. My experience with this school has been great. The faculty is awesome, the student advisors and staff are awesome as well. Sometimes I wonder how people have gotten into the school with the assignments that they post but its part of it. I do dislike the group projects but that is part of it as well. Overall I love the school and my oldest son who is 21 and my husband both attend here as well both start their MBA's in October as well.
This university was a good fit for me since I enjoyed its array of study aid and the fact that many courses were taught in a live environment where the professors were actually lecturing live and we had the opportunity to ask questions for clarification and for participations as it progressed.
Yes, I think I made the right decision since it has solidified my position at work towards becoming the Materials Manager.
Be sure to understand that is a high value of taking courses in a traditional format versus online if you have time to pursuit that option. I do not recommend an undergraduate degree online but I definitely recommend a graduate degree online. As for earning a graduate degree, do not expect to get a job or high paying job right away simply because you have the degree, nor that you are now entitled to a higher salary or be promoted if you're already employed. The degree will help you in the long run but may not in the short term.
This school is a joke!!! Don't waste your time and money. It is really frustrating how our education has become just a business and it is the case of AIU. Basically, I think that if you breathe, then you're capable to be admitted in this university. I spent three months and I was embarrassed of dealing with people that seems to be still in high school or even worse ...elementary...that's the academic level here. If you want just to have a degree...this is the place for you. If like me, you want to learn and be respected when you look for a job, don't be like me and do a previous research.
Going to AIU was an excellent fit for me. I was able to study in the field I wanted and continue to work Full Time supporting my family.
When I went to AIU they didn't have the disciplines in BIT they have today. I would have focused on Assurance and Security if available when I attended classes.
Go to AIU, great program, challenging and yet flexible for those requiring full time jobs.
After receiving 2 degrees from AIU, I believe I speak from an informed perspective. I hold an A.A. in Business Administration, and just completed my B.S. in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security and Crisis Management on June 2nd. I completed both programs with a 4.0 and I can tell you I worked intensively and diligently to obtain my Summa Cum Laude standing. This school provides all the tools one needs to obtain a college education, and the professors and staff are highly supportive. The flexibility of the online format allows many to return to college that would otherwise be unable to do so. The intensity of the programs however may not be for everyone as the programs are not easy. In order to be successful in AIU, you must be willing to devote many hours per week to researching, studying, and preparing assignments. Basically, you are immersed in the course topics to effectively develop assignments, but this ensures the material is truly absorbed and learned. Research skills are critical and if you don't have them, or you are not willing to develop them, and put time into the program, you will not be successful. But, if you apply yourself and remain disciplined throughout the course studies, the education one receives from AIU is excellent. I would and DO recommend this program to anyone willing to commit to their own education!
YES, AIU is accredited. Would I have rather attended a ground campus and gotten a "REAL" college experience, yes; however, since I waited until I was in my 30s to go back to college, I don't think this option would have worked itself into my "family of seven" and "70+ hour a week job" lifestyle, and unless my soon-to-be Bachelors in Information Technology helps me to develop a working time machine to go back to my high school days and start over again, then I am content with the online format.
The accelerated program is not for the faint of heart or those with a schedule like mine; if you are wondering why graduation rates at AIU are low, it's probably because those particular students couldn't hack it. I did not come back to college expecting it to be easy, however; I came back to get my degree because I want a better life for myself and my family, so I deal with the pressure and don't blame the school because I am the one who messes up if I fail to accept my commitment to my education.
As a reward for my perseverance, in just five more courses I expect to graduate with a perfect 4.0 (as long as I don't flub any assignments!!!). I have had a few teachers I personally felt could have done a better job, and I only rated the job placement services low and stated the degree has not helped my career because I have not graduated and had a chance to use them yet, but otherwise the experience has been great.
Maybe your situation is different and this school would not be a good fit for you, but as far as I'm concerned the quality of the education is on par with anywhere else I might have chosen to attend so the experience has been right for me. So if you're on the fence about going back to school and interested in taking online courses that won't interrupt your current lifestyle, take heart in knowing that AIU is definitely worth considering, good luck in your future studies, and God bless!
I have to say that I am reading some very good things on here about the school, and a few not so good. I just graduated in December 2012 with an AABA from AIU Online. I am now enrolled in the Bachelor's program. I will tell you this, although the online school is more expensive than the traditional classroom setting, it is worth every penny. Furthermore, this is a serious school, no scams whatsoever.
It would seem to me that the people that are complaining are the individuals that just could not give 110%. It is not easy, trust me. I work 13 hours a day with swing shifts and I made it with honors. I rated the job placement lower simply because I have not had the opportunity to utilize them so I cannot give a good rating to something I have not utilized.
It is however true, you will see many students that cannot use grammar correctly or formulate a sentence. However, you must remember that many of these students are from other countries and their engish skills are not up to par. It doesn't mean they do not deserve to receive their diplomas. You can graduate quickly by going the accelerated route completing 9.0 credit hours every 5 weeks. You should actually give AIU Online a chance, only if you are serious about your education.